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Dutch Minister calls Trump's decision to quit US from Paris Climate Agreement as 'historic mistake'

Dutch Minister calls Trump's decision to quit US from Paris Climate Agreement as 'historic mistake'

| | 02 Jun 2017, 09:08 am
The Hague, June 2 (IBNS): Dutch Minister for the Environment Sharon Dijksma on Friday called US decision to quit Paris Climate Agreement as a 'historic mistake'.

"Decision Trump is a historic mistake. Now we need leadership, intensive cooperation with China and climate action! #ParisAgreement," the Minister tweeted.

In a major development, US President Donald Trump has announced his nation will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

" Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord -- (applause) -- thank you, thank you -- but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers," Trump said.

Trump said moves to negotiate a new 'fair' deal would begin.

"So we’re getting out.  But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair.  And if we can, that’s great.  And if we can’t, that’s fine," he said.

He said: "As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens.  The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers -- who I love -- and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production."

The President further explained the decision on moving out from the deal and said, "Thus, as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.  This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund which is costing the United States a vast fortune."

Trump said compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates.

Trump said: "This includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs -- not what we need -- believe me, this is not what we need -- including automobile jobs, and the further decimation of vital American industries on which countless communities rely.  They rely for so much, and we would be giving them so little."

Trump alleged that the agreement provided better deal to "some of the world's highly polluting countries" like India and China.

"Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic restrictions, it fails to live up to our environmental ideals.  As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States -- which is what it does -– the world’s leader in environmental protection, while imposing no meaningful obligations on the world’s leading polluters," he said.

Trump said: "For example, under the agreement, China will be able to increase these emissions by a staggering number of years -- 13.  They can do whatever they want for 13 years.  Not us.  India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries.  There are many other examples.  But the bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States."

He said: "China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants.  So we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement.  India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020.  Think of it:  India can double their coal production.  We’re supposed to get rid of ours.  Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants."

The US President alleged that the agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs, it just transferred those jobs out of America and the United States, and ships them to foreign countries.

 

Image: Donald Trump Facebook page

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